Thursday, May 11, 2006
Lookout Dave....First Belgian convicted of smoking
For the first time in Belgium a smoker has been convicted on charges of smoking in a public building.
The defendant, a gentleman from Deinze (East Flanders), lit up in the Youth Courthouse in Ghent.
When questioned about what he was doing the guy turned aggressive and refused to put out his cigarette.
Because he refused an out-of-court settlement, the smoker was taken to court.
The judge imposed a 143 euro fine and recommended that the defendant stop smoking.
In Belgium smoking in public buildings can result in a fine of up to 1,650 euros and a two-year prison sentence.